Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
again..my before and after are swapped so above is cat prints in ash covered snow..below are mufasa's prints in the regular snow. he is a pretty old and thin cat so he only ventured outside for literally i minute before opting to return to the relative warmth of the house. i say relative because i've kept the thermostat set at about 65 F all winter to save on fuel costs. i do have a little space heater by the couch that has come in handy.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
another phenomenom that one must be mindful of during melt is what i refer to as "poop soup". this occurs when you neglect to keep up on your dog poop in the yard. it may also become an issue if you put alot of frozen poops in your garbage and then the temperature increases before the trash pick up. i learned my lesson my first year in this house. the garbage men put a tag on my garbage can and refused to collect my garbage that week. at first i was a bit miffed and then i lifted the lid of the trashcan. words cannot describe the horror found within. i do not fault the poor garbage dudes and now am a very careful poop collector. i'm outside often in very low temperatures chipping frozen poops out. it is easier to just wait a few hours til the poops freeze...no odor and less mess....unless it all melts. enough on the poop.
this time of year i end up doing more neighborhood walks and will soon begin to avoid any bodies of water for fear that blossom will try and walk on it and the slush will break through. besides...the bears are out. the sign below is more often seen in summer. the fish and game folks put warning signs out on trailheads with recent bear sightings and especially for bears that have been a problem already. apparently, this bear has been tracking people and showing no concern. the moose are also coming into town in droves. the are chipping away at whatever bark they can find to feed on. if i ate bark only at this time of year i'm sure i could easily lose the 5-10 pounds of winter weight that seems to collect. of course, i've noticed that this weight doesn't drop off in the summer as readily as it did a few years ago. hmm..so not fair.
i need to head to the gym tomorrow and sign up for a few months. the shower will be out of commission here so it will give me and excuse to work out and shower.
thought i would post a few pictures of mt redoubt eruptions. these volcano pictures below were not taken by me. all the other pictures on this blog so far have been. i can't see the volcano from my place. i guess we are getting some actual ash fall today. the volcano erupted a few times today quite powerfully. the airport keeps getting shut down because of it so travel and goods may be a tough thing for a bit. i didn't notice any ash today when i was out, this evening when i looked at the chugach range it did appear to be grey instead of white. the sky was darkening though so hard to tell if the dark clouds were ash or just snow clouds to me. i'm sure there is plenty of ash floating around anyway. it's blown so much and so high this week. we'll see what daylight brings tomorrow when i get up. so these pictures were all found at the avo website (alaska volcanic observatory) if anyone wants to see and read more. it's a very interesting web site. i was chatting with my sister and i think she was qutie fascinated checking it out as we chatted.
okay so the above shot was taken from the kenai peninsula, i think within the last 24 hours. looks a bit like an atomic event to me. very pretty though.
this picture i loved because it shows the ash coverage. these mountain tops were all covered with clean white snow before these eruptions and now they are covered with ash.
now this one shows perspective. this is taken from a satelite. these eruptions just seem huge to me and as you can see it does seem fairly large from space, but really i thought it seemed amazingly small when seen in this perspective. we really are just dots out in space. i'm always fascinated how an event such as this in alaska can impact area's around the globe. these ash clouds will travel on the wind so all ends of the earth. see we are really a small place....we're all in this together.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
we went for a walk out the west side of the island. (we'd walked in on the east side)...i tend to be a little dyslexic so i may have to switch that. hmm....anyway...this is a view of the pinnacle from the west side. there were whale bones scattered about on this side which was fun.
our walk today was a bit abbreviated. we went up to prospect heights trailhead. it was a little breezy when we took off, but soon it became quite blustery. soon the wind was really blowing. within a week or two it will be impossible to walk there....teh snow is soft and i was starting to post hole when i was walking. still i was dressed okay and kept walking..until..i saw a moose bolting ahead of us. animals get really spooked in the wind. i can understand that, and this poor moose was really freaked out. some guy got the hell kicked out of him on the coastal trail a few years back. he was running and it was windy. that is a bad combo. he never forgave the moose or the city for not going out and killing the moose. after he healed he up and shot some random moose that he ran across in kincaid park. as a human,i think we are the responsible party. moose get freaked in wind...so i turned around and left the moose to the trail.
anyway, kayak island is 60-65 air miles south of cordova. we took a little plane and landed at low tide on the beach. it was quite the trek. the island has a lighthouse so you stay in the boathouse. it's pretty primitive,but there are some perks. the wood stove, propane stove already there and a bunch of old left behind stuff so you could survive quite awhile if you get stuck out there.
the above picture is of a friend stephanie. i was posing them. these odd rocks were scattered everywhere. they often looked like cabbages. if there are any rock sorts out there i'd love to know how they were formed. i'm guessing a volcano was involved but not sure. it's just a 2 mile walk to the lighthouse, but it is rough going because of all the rocks/logs and flotsam all over the place.
the tidepools on the island were amazing. i love to hang out in the intertidal zones. it reminded me of all my days tidepooling in ketchikan. i lived there for 6 years and my cabin was on the beach for half of that. used to get off work in the mornings and just have a look around. they had huge sunburst seastars out there. on kayak island there was all the usual stuff, stars, urchins, muscles, limpits and sea anenomies. i took several courses in the universities i attended on oceanography and marine biology. i love to learn...just not very good at getting degree's. my friends got to learn about intertidal zones. i think they quite enjoyed all the wealth of my knowledge..haha! below is the actual lighthouse....st elias is it's name. lots of history about it. i think the island got slammed pretty hard in the '64 tsunami, post quake. there is an old lighthouse keepers house there and i guess it was a pretty lonely existence as it's quite remote and the waves can make it tough to get to the island. even as our little plane landed the winds were blowing a good 40-50 miles per hour and we had huge gusts i'd put near 70 while we were hiking to the lighthouse. our sweet pilot just gave us that alaskan pilot smirk when we asked him about the conditions upon returning. it was no doubt a bit dangerous...but that is part of the life of alaska. he was very excited that our group was headed out there. only 2-3 groups actually make the trek to kayak island/year. it's quite remote that way. i'm happy that we got to enjoy all the island had to offer. i'll try and add more pictures later with details...i really must get moving and walk these dogs. not sure where to go yet. maybe up to the prospect heights trailhead. it's a little higher elevation, perhaps the bears won't be rummaging about as much. lots of sign posts at campbell airstrip trail yesterday about a rouge black bear without any fear of the humans it crossed. we stayed on the main trail and avoided rovers run where the 15 year old was attacked last summer. then i just opted to run errands and take the girls to university lake dog park. i've seen bear there too, but they aren't as common. it's grown popular with the dogs since being made official so i think the bears avoid it...as do the geese. no geese yet...still waiting. that is the sure sign of spring...well break up as it's called here. spring seems to come after break up.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
we went for coffee after...well i got hot chocolate...never have acquired a taste for coffee. the girls were due for a vet appointment so off we went. rio loves to visit at the clinic...blossom is quite wary of the vet and those needles that come with it all. she won't take a treat from the vet and i wonder if she would take a treat from her on the trail as we do run into our vet on occasion out on the trails. we may have to test this. rio takes all the treats she is given and despite the fact that the vet always says the dogs should lose a few pounds she always loads them with treats. does she feel guilty or is it just that they are so darn cute you just want to give them treats. it is funny that the vet that was almost angry with me for not taking rio to surgery and instead getting her the brace is now recommending the brace to other clients and very happy with how rio is doing. blossom also got some meds as she has had these reverse sneezes and i guess that could be allergies but could also be some kind of nose mite...ick!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
dont' think i mentioned the tracks i saw yesterday were bear tracks. no wild tracks today,but i was with other humans and dogs so probably not as focused on the world around me. turned out to be a lovely day. it took me a few hours at the tile place. i'm sure i drive them nuts despite the fact that i'm a pretty small job. i tend to do that. i know i worked my real estate agents for far more than they earned off of me. it took me at least 6 months to settle on this place. i have a little issue with commitment. hehe.
was a bit bummed today. across the street from the floor place is the dog wash. it's been a great place to take the dogs for self service dog wash. it's closed. they were always busy and just remodeled so it was really shocking that they up and closed like that. they turned away dogs for doggie day care as they were so busy. very odd. i called my friend quinton and chatted with him a bit...we both have used that place lots. he moved to wyoming. i hate when cool people move away. he was always just a good and dependable friend. we just got each other.
got this nasty canker sore. it's driving me nuts this week. those stupid things really hurt. keep trying to numb it, but it only sorta takes away the ache. such a bother.
Monday, March 16, 2009
below are my flowers in full bloom. very pretty. it may be winter outside,but it's spring inside!
blossom got lots of snowballs in her toes today, but chased that tennis ball for the entire trek. happiness is a little yellow ball!
i finally did watch schindlers list. thought they did a really good job on it. i especially loved that they took survivors past his grave. rewards don't always come in this life for good deeds. it does remind you that you touch people even when you aren't aware you are.
HAPPY HOWLOWEEN!!!! Current mood: contemplative
yes, another howloween has come and gone. it's been a busy week here...well not really, but busy for me. blossom turned 2 on saturday and she was made dog of the day on dogster that same day. i know for most that would seem silly, but that is a fun site and i figure there are worse places people waste time. at least there i connect with like people and actually help people from time to time. i knew something was up saturday when my yahoo mailbox had over 60 messages. well wishers from dogster sending gifts and pup pal requests. tonight we had agility class again. agility is fun, but the instructors in this class are way too serious. oh well. you'd think we were training our dogs for the agility olympics or something..but i guess everyone needs thier passion. mine is the dogs, but not agility per se. we had loads of trick or treaters stop by tonight, despite being gone for an hour for class. i think it was because it's unseasonably warm. it was rainy and windy this morning and i jsut wanted to lounge in bed and read. still reading that schindlers list. it's a bit depressing so i have to switche to something else before i really am trying to sleep so i don't have bad dreams. i just can't imagine so much hardship. it's like the world is full of serial killers and a crazy person like hitler allows them to live out their dream. like as soon as they could legally kill people all the closet serial killers rush out and readily start gunning people down. it's scarey that there are so many people in any society who are willing to kill each other if given the opportunity. i always think about pets too. no doubt many animals were heartlessly torn from familes and killed as well. these reigns of terror seem to recur in our world. they continue today...it's just so hard to imagine when we live in such relative peace. we are at war in afghanistan and iraq and yet so few of us really are personally touched by that. we can live our lives out daily with little thought of what goes on over there. i remember after watching that movie about daniel pearl just driving home and realizing what a blessing it is to live where people in general follow traffic laws. i mean people speed and all that, but in many of these countries, just trying to drive on the roads is a battle. our lives are orderly for the most part.
so anyway....another halloween passes and we are here awaiting our first real snowstorm. i have yet to get those tires changed over...oops. my life is simple, with simple problems that i have created myself. i am blessed and i'm grateful for all that i have been given and embarrassed sometimes at how little i have given back, how little i have accomplished with all i was given. not that i will beat myself up...just that i am human, with my own flaws and with a desire to do a little better each day. i always loved that saying "practice random acts of kindness and senseless beauty". sometimes being kind is the best gift we can give each other. a smile, a laugh, giving is a cheap and simple gift.
chatted with rudy for a bit. always a pleasure. he has been very sweet since my mom passed. i think we both just miss her. he sent me a pretty boquet of tulips and spring flowers the other day. they are in bloom now. just beautiful. also tried to call my friend martha. usually when she doesn't pick up it's because she isn't feeling well. well...guess i'll see what else is on the old myspace. i'm still mixed. it was fun on there that i could see how often the blog was checked out. with this one i can't tell and don't know how you would even search it out.
kayaking harriman fjord, prince william sound... Current mood: creative
there were 12 of us on this trek and so we had split up on the water taxi....i was so happy i was able to catch the second boat run out...i guess the first group got pretty beat up by the weather, it was calming by the time the second run got dropped off. we took this trip in 2004. i was really excited as my good friend kelly decided to join me in the double kayak. we had been walking pals since i arrived in anchorage. we met at work, she was my preceptor for orientation to the icu. soon after that trip she was leaving with her husband, jon, for school in minnesota. luckily they are back now, but it was a drag to lose one of my favorite people, even though i knew it was a great thing for her. so it was especially cool that we could have this time to hang out before they left. i think we had 4 double kayaks on that trip. me and kelly, scott and his dad, christine and deb were in the second boat and we got dropped at a beach right out of the fjord. all the stuff on the beach finally fit into the kayaks. the fiberglass kayaks have less room for stuff, but are lighter. they are horrible for prince william sound...just not as hardy as the plastics.
the waterfalls and wildlife are always spectacular in prince william sound. the usual bald eagles in flight and seals. we always are anticipating the first icebergs...the water was flat and calm that first day as we paddled. we were to meet the other half of our group under toboggan glacier...each night we slept with a different glacier. the other six on the trip were ted and nancy, stephani, bob and tanya and john...a strange friend of ted and nancy's. on the boat trip out the water taxi guy from lazy otter, mike, told us this guy is well known in the water taxi world, never on time, never at the place he's supposed to be. he wanted to make sure we controlled him so he didn't have to deal with his antics.
with so many people we kind of did our own thing in camp...set up, meals, but we always got together for the campfire. we did get a fire going despite the rain of the morning. we were rewarded as the next day the sun beating through the tent woke kelly and i up. it was sunny weather the rest of the week. our goal paddle for the day was to get to harriman glacier. i know many of us like to get up and out on the water as soon as possible. for me, that is the most fun part. being out there on the water. ted and nancy are more into the food, relaxation and inbidement. :-) kelly and i found our backpackers meals a poor choice when we saw what they brought and ate. they eat like royalty out there. there wasn't a cloud out there and the water was flat. amazing paddling day. i think we all started on our sunburns that day. even though you wear hats, the sun reflects off the water and your lips and face take it in the shorts when you aren't paying attention. we always stop for a refreshing lunch on a beach that may come or go very quickly with the tides and you always have to watch your boats to make sure they don't get swept away with the rising tides. harriman is still a tidewater glacier. harriman fjord is a popular tour boat destination so we have to deal with the wake of these boats coming and going and also we get photographed by the tourists which is always a funny thing to me. you become part of the alaskan scenery. it was a beautiful place to camp. few bugs and nice wood. of course, the warm, sunny weather doesn't ever hurt!! it does get pretty cold when the sun dips below the mountains...the fire helps.
the next day we crossed in front of harriman glacier...we got to crash into all the glacier ice...always a blast!! it feels great on a hot day too to be in all that icy water. we lingered in front of the glacier before heading off to our next camping destination...surprise glacier. i love to hug the shore and see all the life at the edge. the water can be so clear you can see all the tidewater treasures as you look over the edge of the boat. looking up you can see nesting birds and of course the birds and wildlife is everywhere you look.
by afternoon we headed to the face of surprise glacier. lots of calving due to the warm weather. the wind blows more as you get closer to the face of the glacier. there were several seals hauled out on the ice in front of surprise. we were not in any hurry at all.
we finally arrived in our digs and settled in. the sounds of calving echo'd through the fjord and the mosquito's introduced themselves. i can't stand bugs!! if i had secret information the best way to retrieve it would be to put me in a room of flying mosquito's...i'd spill in short order. luckily, i think everyone brought mosquito hoods...a staple in alaska.
by the next morning it was apparent our faces were fried. we looked like bandits on ice the next day as we had to sheild our faces from further damage. we had a long paddle planned for that day to blackstone beach. it's on the other side of the 3 glaciers that come into the other end of the fjord from harriman. i remembered them as "brian"'s "cascade"ing "cox". those were the three...now you know how my brain works. the ice got thicker as we neared these glaciers...several sunny days make for alot of glacial calving. we passed a most spectacular water fall heading into these glaciers and we had to find our way safely through the ice pack. many larger bergs were seen and those are unsafe and to be avoided. the wind picked up a bit as we crossed over the fjord. before that though we stopped for a great lunch and hairwashing on another beach that had some great little waterfalls. showers for hot campers...though not warm at all!!
here is where it got scarey...the beach we were to land on was covered with large chunks of ice. crazy john had gotten there before us all and we have no idea how he made it to shore. as people landed they tried to clear a path through the ice..the glacier was totaly calving and this was causing wave action where normally none really is. kelly and i and tanya were the last ones out in the water. as tanya approached the beach the glacier before us decided to calve off almost the entire face...this creats an almost tidal wave...the boys on the beach screamed at tanya to get out in the more open water for safety. all we could do was get as far away from the larger chunks of ice, face the kayaks forward and pray we weren't killed by the boat tipping or ice bergs taking us out. they can flip and take a small kayak with them. we were all terrified out there. the waves came towards us...the waves were so huge that we could no longer see those huge glaciers in front of us. after the waves from this began to hit the beach they started to come at us from the sides as well as the front. it was terrifying and we were still going to have to get to shore somehow...the glacier kept calving and in a moment where the waves were diminishing we all made a run for shore. the guys got beat up by the ice helping us in, but we did all make it in. i think i was shaking for several hours after this. it was amazing to watch the face calving later from a safer spot and the waves hitting the beach after these calvings were well over 10 feet. these huge calvings continues for several hours. we watched in amazement from the safety of this big rock. the taxi was scheduled to come the next day and i was pretty elated that i may not have to get back in the kayak. we really weren't sure if the taxi could get to us though with all the ice in the area. we'd have to wait and see. once the sun settled the calving calmed and it was a lovely day overall, despite feeling like my life was in danger for that time. a few mixed drinks on glacier ice did wonders to relieve our frayed nerves.
we had lots of visits by these adorable marmots. of course, we had another campfire in the evening. we celebrated solstice!!we took goofy pictures in the morning on the huge icebergs that were dropped off by the outgoing tide on the beach. we again had to attempt to clear a path to get our stuff down to meet the boat we hoped would be able to pick us up.
we saw mike from lazy otter off in the distance. he had to go very slowly through the ice and it seemed to take forever for him to get to us. he did though and we tried to load the boat as quickly as possible....not quick enough though as again the sun was out and the glacier had yet another huge calving. scott, bob and those who were left on the beach stood in front of the boat in the waves physically trying to keep the boat from getting grounded on the beach by the enormous waves that were forcing it in. with thier aide we were able to get back out on the water. it was sad leaving them behind on the beach. we heard they did make it out when mike returned, but he was in such a hurry to get them off that beach he backed that boat right onto a huge rock. i know it did some major damage to his boat and i'm sure he was downing a few beers that night. alaska is always an adventure and danger always is there. we take risks and most of the time we come out alive. each year though people die up here. it only takes one mistake in alaska to meet your end...we still must face the danger for the beauty is too great to be missed.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
oh well...sorry. i really think it's the blogger website. i'm quite sleepy today. just finished 3 nights. peds was crazy, but i had sweet assignments both nights. i had one cute baby the past 2 nights. she has rsv...a typical winter ailment for babies.
decadant....i bought ben and jerry's chocolate macadamia at the store today. i love macadamia nuts covered with chocolate or fudge...not sure i like the crunch of nuts in ice cream though. tasty though..can't complain. shopping when sleepy can be problematic.
well, one dog perished in the iditarod within a few days. always makes me sad. i'm always a bit mixed on the race. those dogs do love to run and will literally run til they die, but i feel like everything should be done to try and ensure thier safety. i guess my latest feeling is that the mushers should be required to stay awake as long as they are in motion . i guess this is not always the case...i know it's a distance race and they probably get goofy from lack of sleep, but just seems prudent as a safety issue for the dogs. i guess the leader fell asleep the other day and ended up quite lost... he was able to get turned around once he backtracked and was still in lead. mackey looks like he will win again for year 3. i'd love to have an iditarod adventure. it's really a pricey endeavor and would take years of training a team. don't see that happening. just seems like an awesome way to cover this great land of alaska. dogs and amazing scenery. the stories from the trail are just so fun to read about. overall, there are over 1000 dogs running and so i guess it shouldn't be too surprising that each year there will be loss. it does get animal rights activists up in arms...and this could cut corporate sponsership and end the great race one day. i think they do try and make it as good for the dogs as possible, there is always risk to the animal and human athletes, just seems the dogs are the ones that really get the brunt. seems like any solutions should be entertained. a discussion at work got a bit heated last night. of course, this particular co-worker tends to get heated at strange times over odd things. she was in a bit of an argumentive mood last night. so the topic came up and i mentioned making a rule of no sleep on the sled while in motion and she didn't think it would make any difference and so what if a dead dog gets dragged down a trail cause a guy is sleeping, it's dead anyway. wow! wasn't expecting that. i mean i know it's true in some sense, but i would be horrified to see a dead dog dragged down a trail while the musher sleeps unaware. that seems like it should be the normal reaction. anyway...she then decided that this was the same as the local military doing training in thier lands that abutt anchorage and that when this happens moose move into anchorage and are at greater risk of getting killed in traffic encounters. i'm still not seeing how those two things are the same at all...eventually, i just turned away from this convoluted and silly discussion as i knew there would be no positive outcome. some people don't discuss, they just get pissed. better to jsut back off. so for me, overall i'm still a fan of the iditarod but i'm always a bit anxious for the dogs and sad when a dog passes. on a good note...they did find the one dog that took off and he is safe. kinda amazing that they can find a white dog out there, but happily they did.
just put in my movie for the evening. subtitles so i probably should pay some attention. it's called, "priceless" with audrey tautou.
okay...so it's later, the movie has ended. pretty good. i like audrey tautou flicks. in this one she is trying to seduce wealthy older men for security purposes and ends up falling for a common dude. ah...romance!
the weather today was amazing. when the sun was shining down you could even feel warmth. took the girls for a few laps around the dog park. always a favorite hang out for the dogs. i've been going so long that i know many of the regulars. there are some nice folks out there at the ol dog park. dog people...them's my kind of folk.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
discussed with one of the intensivists my thoughts on humans being the only species who as we become more evolved we have begun to practice survival of the least fit. i see this in medicine. healthy children are dying in third world nations of preventable disease while extremely unhealthy individuals are treated in every possible way to survive in an environment they have no capability to survive. what will become of the human species? will we evolve ourselves out?
work kept us busy dealing with those least likely to survive as their coping skills are lacking. is this another result of our evolving in some ways more rapidly than others...i suspect our emotions have not evolved to the degree that our society has and this causes all the mental health and addiction issues. another of my many life theories i've come to believe. cavemen had to spend thier lives hunting, gathering, keeping warm, finding water....even in non=industrialized nations much of the time of those people are spent still with basic needs such as food, water and shelter. in our lives those things are basically supplied. we go to the store and buy what we need. we live in warm houses, safe from wildlife and though not always sheltered from the worst of storms...our basic needs are taken care of...that leaves us with time to ask the questions of life, to ponder, to worry, to fret...
i'm just saying do they have people who are anorexic in the war torn parts of africa? i don't know...i just think there is more mental health issues here...or in europe.
so work was alcoholics for me. two patients under 60 who have totalled thier bodies with the stuff. i do like a nice glass of wine from time to time, but it's so hard to understand why people don't leave those partying days behind at some point. it's such a waste of all that we have to experience on this earth. one guy was totally yellow, even his tears, from liver failure...the other guy's electrolytes and sugars were all off as he's incapable of taking care of his diabetes...he was in withdrawls a bit..peed all over his bed and even made a puddle in the middle of the room...still not sure how he did that..he denied it of course, to which i started looking for the loose puppy in the room. i'm sure he didn't appreciate my humor. my last night was nice, regular peds. had both teens from the car wreck. improving...it was a pretty kick back night, just lots of meds.
oprah was about med errors. my job requires me to be 100% perfect 100% of the time and i'm human so that isn't possible...so you can imagine that work can be a bit terrifying at times...when will you mess up? you know you'll make mistakes, you just learn to hope that they aren't the ones that do permanent damage. shows like oprah seem to perpetuate the dilusion that if you put enough checks and balances in or enough expensive computer programs in mistakes can be eliminated...they don't realize that in many ways those things just increase error possibilities as they take added time and nurses already are taxed for time. people do need to be more involved in thier own care, ask the questions, be advocates for people they love..though that gets annoying as well. when i have a very complicated patient with alot of drips i just tell them that i'm not meaning to be rude, but that i will answer questions later...it can take several hours to really get on top of a complicated patient. i have to be systematic in my approach and people asking a zillion questions just makes the possibility of me screwing up greater.
weather has been chilly in the am,but warms up into the 20's and even 30's through the day. have enjoyed several great walks. met up with gail and tanya today for some loops in n. bivouac and with kelly and tanya on monday for the big bivouac walk. i was very sleepy on that one. one moose today, tanya's puppy has decided to run towards moose and bark. a really bad idea and one i hope tanya tries to correct. it can be dangerous for us all, and indie could easily get hurt.
this evening i slipped out for a short ski...my house is 5 minutes from groomed trails and i wanted to check out my new classic ski boots. they had been giving me issues and so i took them to rei...i guess it's been like 5 years since i bought them....they still took them back! it was awesome. i felt a bit like i was ripping them off. they just have never fit right. anyway, with my refund i bought new boots on sale, new bindings and had the new bindings put on...all at a cost of $16 bucks. i will have to get out there more and enjoy these great trails anchorage has for the next month or so of winter we have left.
sunday i slept all day and monday i was totally sleepy as well. 3 hours wasn't enough. i got a bit of a headache and have loads of knots in my upper back, shoulders and blades...ouch! i need a massage. i watched "the savages" last night with phillip seymour hoffman. i actually quite liked it. quirky characters and a bit of a sad story line, but well done.
we had our winter fur rondy these past few weeks. i skipped most of the activities..i'll have to plan better next year. i generally go to the dimond mall where they have a native craft sale. it's a great place to go as many of the natives come in from thier villages and it's fun to watch them making the baskets and to talk with them about thier lives/crafts. you can also get some deals as they are getting low on cash about this time of year...end of winter. i really had no extra cash to spend so i decided i'd best stay away from those cool little crafts. my favorites are the baleen baskets and tiny grass baskets and the ivory peices are always cool. i also like when they do scrimshaw on the baleen and make boats and stuff with it. baleen are what whales use to filter feed.
i also missed the iditarod start. i really should take those as vacation days next year and just really enjoy it. though, apparently a dog died already today. at least one dog has died in every iditarod. the deaths have lessened, but they still happen. i love the race, but am always torn by the loss of life. i know they are doing what they love, but it's just hard to know they are risking thier lives for our entertainment, really. it's so awesome to watch those dogs run though.
it's late and i'm sleepy so off i go to bed. may try a third time to put some polar bear shots on here...wish me luck.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
this is one of two moose from today. the first showed up this morning when i let the dogs out for thier morning romp in the yard. she was just beyond the back fence. i brought blossom back in so the poor moose could use the trail easement without being pestered. this moose took blossom a few to notice and we weren't downwind so rio didn't pick up on it either...yet. she was in the bog by the house. most encounters are just pleasant. i have had other not so pleasant encounters where you turn a corner and next thing you know some ticked off moose is bearing down on you. that is alot of animal to have running at you. luckily, most wild animals seem to prefer to not attack humans. just a waste of thier energy. i also had a moose dream after the first encounter. all my family was here and for some reason i had a baby moose in the yard i was caring for. my eldest brother left the gate open and the moose got out so we had to round it back up and put it back in the yard. i often get back in bed after the first dog feed/yard walk. they are used to eating at 8 am...the time i get home from work. i'm not really happy with the 8 am thing, but i do understand what it feels like to be hungry. i can get cranky...they don't get cranky, but blossom does give me the stare and whine in the am.